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Jesus fed over 5000 and there was still food leftover...
Congregational Church of North Stonington, UCC

Join us for Worship with Church School
Our guest musician is flautist, Michelle Macina

Church School in person or via Zoom at 10:30 a.m. 

 

Virtual Church School  Zoom in at 10:30 Sunday
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Announcements

In-Person worship continues  with appropriate distancing.  
Mask or No Mask  - it is your choice. 


Celebrate with Habitat!  Join in in congratulating Amanda and her daughter in working hard to receive the keys to their new home. 
Tuesday, July 27th at 5:30 pm.  109 Flanders Road, Niantic. 
To help with refreshments, contact Julie Evans at
860-889-1636 or daisy01@99main.com
Parking is limited.  You may be able to park on a side street and walk over.   

Summer Mission FocusFood Assistance at Pawcatuck Neighborhood Center. Families who receive food assistance for their children during the school year feel the need even more during summer.  Non-perishable items may be dropped off at CCNS or PNC.  

School Kits will be needed in the fall.  Items needed are blunt scissors, 3 notebooks (70) count or notebooks totaling 200-220 pages, 12 inch ruler, handheld pencil sharpener, large eraser, pencils and 24 pk crayons.  thank you! 

Food Benefits for Qualifying Families

As of Friday, July 16:
Department of Social Services mailed Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) cards to households of over 57,800 schoolchildren not currently enrolled in a number of assistance programs throughout the state, and who did not receive their benefits in April or May. DSS deposited P-EBT food benefits into their new accounts. The EBT cards will arrive with instructions on how to activate them and access the food benefits.  Benefits may differ from student to student and depend on the learning model the child was in each month, with an average benefit amount estimated at $418 per child.
 
Where can I use EBT cards?  Benefits can be used at any location that accepts SNAP/EBT cards. This includes farmers’ markets and direct market farms. In fact, enrollees can double the value of P-EBT or other SNAP benefits at farmers’ markets participating in
CT Fresh Match. P-EBT participants will also have online access to eligible food purchases through delivery or curbside pickup at participating retailers Amazon, Aldi & Price Chopper/Market 32 via Instacart, BJ’s Wholesale Clubs, ShopRite, and Walmart. 
Click on "
Food Assistance Info" below to learn more. 
 

Do I need to apply?  No. Families do not need to apply for P-EBT benefits, as DSS and the Department of Education use attendance information provided by schools to determine if children are eligible for P-EBT.

 

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Church Website is:   www.northstoningtonucc.com

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Service will be streamed at 10 am Sunday
AND will be saved to our Website for viewing at other times. 

TENTH SUNDAY OF PENTECOST                                                   10 am
“As an Open and Affirming church:
      We respect the worth and dignity of all persons who come into our church family regardless of race, age, marital standing, gender, economic status, mental or physical challenges, nationality or sexual orientation.  We promise to support one another in our personal struggles, to understand and accept differences in one another, and pray to strengthen our love and acceptance.”
 
      *indicates those who are able are invited to stand
 
WELCOME AND THE WORK OF THE CHURCH
 
PRELUDE        “For the Beauty of the Earth”  - C. Kocher, arr. C. Rice          
 
SILENT MEDITATION IN PREPARATION FOR WORSHIP
 
*CALL TO WORSHIP                             Psalm 145:10-19,  adapted
            All your works praise you, Lord;
            And tell of the glory of your kingdom.
We are witnesses to the mighty acts, and glorious splendor. 
             The Lord is trustworthy in all that is promised,
             And  faithful in all deeds.
The Lord upholds all who fall, lifting the bent and broken. 
              All eyes look to you, and are blessed in their needs. 
You open your hand and satisfy the desires
of every living thing.  The Lord is near to all who call! 
 
*HYMN #566                        Heaven and Earth . . .                       Gott Sei Dank


 
*Invocation and lord’s prayer   (debts – debtors)
Generous God from whom comes every morsel we eat and every gift we are moved to share: test us, challenge us, feed us, that our eyes see and our minds realize the bounty that is all around us.  May our ears be able to hear and recognize the prophet’s word.  May we be strengthened to follow where Christ leads.  In His name we pray: Our Father. . .
 
*GLORIA PATRI  (#759)
Glory to the Creator, the Christ, the Holy Spirit
Three in One; As it was in the beginning,
Is now and ever shall be, world without end. Amen. 

*PASSING OF THE PEACE
            May the peace of Christ be with you.
                        And also with you.
(We greet one another with a sign of peace)
 
SCRIPTURE LESSONS          (NT page 97)                  John 6:1-21
                                               (NT page 193)                  Ephesians 3:14-21
 
TIME FOR CHILDREN
 
SERMON                                              Do You Believe Miracles?
 
MOMENTS OF SILENCE
 
*HYMN #542                     Born of God, Eternal Savior                Weisse Flaggen


 
OFFERING OF OUR TITHES AND GIFTS
OFFERTORY       “Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing – arr.  C. Rice
           
*DOXOLOGY
            Praise God from Whom all blessing flow;
            Praise God all creatures here below;
            Praise God above, you heavenly host;
            Praise Father, Son and Holy Ghost.  Amen.
 
*PRAYER OF DEDICATION
 
PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE
 
*HYMN #410                If You But Trust in God to Guide You                 Neumark
 
*BENEDICTION
 
POSTLUDE                  “All Creatures of Our God and King”  - arr. C. Rice

 

We Welcome guest pianist, Carolyn Bennet who was a music teacher at Wheeler High School for 14 years, including a one-year sabbatical at the Library of Congress.  She is now an Instructional Coordinator for VHS Learning. She has earned degrees from Messiah College, the University of Hartford, and is currently studying at Sacred Heart University.  She lives in North Stonington and is excited to serve the congregation this morning.  She has participated with us in numerous ecumenical Thanksgiving Services and we thank her for her music ministry with us today. 

We Pray For:   those affected by the CoVID-19; the grieving; those serving overseas; all battling cancer; all struggling with financial crisis; those working to bear the burdens of others, and the healing of:  Stephanie Murray; Anita Ames; Larry; Grace (Teddy) Graber; Seya Bishop, Janet Allen; Joyce Cook; Duane Witter; Deb Janda; George McCullen (and wife Arline); George Danley; Mark Ball (Pat Danley’s son); Marj Misovich; Dave Larson; Mike Laing; David Roode; Quinn, Melanie Ouellette's 6 year-old niece; Claire Whitney (Sue Pianka’s mom); Karen Clarke, cancer treatment; Susan Eldridge; and the Bliven family. 

Serving in Worship Sunday: ­  Amy Foster, deacon. 

 Office Hours:  Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. 

[During the storm at sea] the soldiers' counsel was to kill the prisoners, lest any of them should swim out, and escape. But the centurion, willing to save Paul, kept them from their purpose. … And so it came to pass, that they escaped all safe to land. - Acts 27:42-44 (KJV)
      Had it not been for a Roman centurion named Julius, the Christian faith might never have made it to Rome and spread throughout the Empire. As well as Paul, he saved the lives of Silas and the other prisoners. Yet after Acts 27, his name is never mentioned again.
        The debt that Christians owe the centurion makes me wonder about other people to whom I owe my life.  The church community, family and friends, yes, but there are many others. Perhaps you’re indebted to them, too: public health workers, hospital staff, aides and housekeepers; people who stock shelves at grocery stores and harvest the crops; truck drivers and ambulance drivers. The list goes on and on.

        Even when the pandemic is history, we need to remember them, just as we need to remember the centurion who saved Paul and all the rest who made it safe to land.                                                                                                                       - Talitha Arnold

 
Global Ministries Prayers for China   Almighty God, You have blessed us and provided for our needs, especially during this pandemic. As the disciples were confused by the problem of how to feed the thousands until they offered all that they had to Jesus. Lord, we open minds and hearts seeking a new vision in this difficult time to serve.   We pray for the people in China, especially those affected by the Covid-19 pandemic and earthquakes in Yunnan province. Comfort the families of those who are deceased and give strength to those who are recovering. Lord, we pray for the people who are living in poverty in China.  And we pray for the churches, seminaries, our mission partners, church leaders, and workers in China. God, help us to hear what you are still speaking and calling for our total commitment to caring and sharing your love with the people today and forever. 
In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen

 


Ministers:  the Congregation
Susan G. Latourette, Pastor – 860-759-4231, pastorsuel@yahoo.com
Michael G.  Noonan, Director of Music
Kay Lautzenheiser, Christian Education Coordinator
Rosemary Kuemper, Church Secretary
Charlotte Melia, Sexton      
Office hours:  Monday –Thursday, 9 am - 1 pm
860-535-0379
       nostoucc@comcast.net

Worship Notes:
Hymn #566, Heaven and Earth, and Sea and Air, J Neander; Gott Sei Dank, Johann Freylinghausen.  NCH
Hymn #542, Born of God, Eternal Savior, Somerset T. C. Lowry;
Weisse Flaggen, Tochter Sion.  ©1995 Pilgrim Press.
Hymn #410, If You But Trust in God to Guide You; Neumark.  Words and Music Georg Neumark.  Trans. C. Winkworth.  Public Domain
 
All Hymns from the (NCH) New Century Hymnal; © 1995 The Pilgrim Press, have been granted permission for this one-time use.       
Permission to reprint, podcast, and / or stream the music in this service obtained from ONE LICENSE with license #735340-A. All rights reserved.  Permissions granted under CCLI License # 11212116
Prayer of Invocation adapted from “Led By Love”, Lavon Baylor, p 125


 

 

Our mailing address is:                                         Website:  www.northstoningtonucc.com
89 Main Street, P.O. Box 66  
North Stonington CT  06359

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